Video: On Falling - ALN, Miranda Miller, & Brittany Phelan Star In Stunning Documentary

Jul 15, 2020
by Pinkbike Staff  

Featuring EWS stars Andréane Lanthier Nadeau (ALN) and Miranda Miller, plus pro rider and Olympic ski cross medallist Brittany Phelan, this short film tells the story of these three women as they muse on their experiences as professional riders, and the risks associated with the sport. Blending white-knuckle riding, crashes, and quiet self-examination, the film unfolds as a meditation on the rush of control that comes with completely letting go.







Starring: Andréane Lanthier Nadeau, Miranda Miller, & Brittany Phelan
Director: Josephine Anderson
Producer: Joella Cabalu
Cinematography: Claire Sanford
Riding Cinematography: Scott Secco


76 Comments

  • 104 0
 the noise Miranda made when she absolutely wrecked was terrifying. So thankful she recovered from that one!
  • 16 0
 Absolutely brutal, damn.
  • 18 0
 She is a beast
  • 25 0
 I literally teared up when I heard that, guess it brought back a few of my own crashes
  • 9 0
 I was like, "what are you talking about? It can't be that... dear lord, is she actually dying?"
  • 6 0
 My buddy caught and edge snowboarding, crashed, and started making that noise. The accompanying look on his face was terrifying. He was ok like 30 seconds later but there was a minute there where it felt pretty sketchy.
  • 7 0
 @mikefromdownthestreet: definitely got ptsd vibes from that noise
  • 7 0
 @mikefromdownthestreet: Big time- hit by car once and was like what is that sound? Soul trying to wake the body back up?
  • 2 0
 That was painful to even hear. I was yelling like that a year ago when I broke my leg in two places. Ugh... Not nice memories. It's good to hear that Miranda is recovered!
  • 1 0
 You too can make that noise if you knock the wind out of yourself hard enough... I made that noise (or so I was told) when I shattered my collarbone. What fun!
  • 2 0
 Having made that noise myself, and watched several friends make it, I've always thought it was the sound of our brain rebooting after a good knock. It was usually accompanied with the wind getting knocked out too, but only made that slow creep to full volume guttural howl when the riders head got hit hard. It is scary to experience and scary to watch someone else go through. Glad she wasn't hurt too bad and had a proper FF lid on.
  • 3 0
 That is the sound of a brain rebooting. If you ever hear, pay attention to it. Things can turn bad later in the day. I've been there making "the sound" and hearing it from others. Makes me a bit sick. Now you can all go watch the brain injury movie Kate Courtney stars in, "Crash Course". Great video.
  • 4 0
 That was worse than Jeff Kendall-Weed's noise a couple weeks ago. I've knocked the wind out of myself several times and rung my bell pretty bad but that was painful to hear. Brutal. She is one of my favorite athletes in the sport. Didn't know about all of those injuries she has endured.
  • 55 1
 One of the best MTB videos I’ve seen in a while... super inspirational. Thank you!!!
Also, it reminded me of how much I miss getting a massage
  • 3 3
 And acupuncture!
  • 2 1
 @SoddenDeath: yeah and I’ve had heaps of acupuncture but never realised the needles actually went that deep !
  • 41 0
 Quality film. Really great to see a more human mtb film, definitely want to see more in this style.
  • 4 0
 Mark Dolmont, you absolutely dialed the audio here. So impressed. Well done!
  • 29 0
 Wow, well done. My daughter watched this with me. She had a crash last weekend. A over the bars club crash. It's nice that there are women who are inspirational, and are not afraid to show and be themselves. Quote for my daughter.
  • 12 0
 That was so well worth the time.

Also yet another demonstration as to why I could never have been a more than adequate mountain biker or (especially) a professional one...the discipline and motivation and personal belief required has always been undone by just wanting to ride - however slow and whenever badly. Fortunately, there are people like these to inspire the rest of us.
  • 6 0
 You are more than adequate.
  • 2 0
 @thegoodflow: agreed! But not a more than adequate MTB rider...
  • 10 1
 Nice vid, I feel like crashing is one of those things that unites all mountain bikers, for better or worse...
  • 10 0
 So good. Very well shot, and terrific editing too.
  • 5 19
flag jclnv (Jul 15, 2020 at 23:50) (Below Threshold)
 I thought it was horribly overproduced and desperately trying to be more than it was. I’d rather just had simple interviews with the girls talking about this interesting subject.
  • 12 0
 @jclnv: yup...art is stupid. why should the collaborators do their job creatively? booooo.
  • 2 9
flag jclnv (Jul 17, 2020 at 0:10) (Below Threshold)
 @giantcop: Exactly! It’s not an art film or even a mildly creative film. It’s a documentary. The content is everything and cheesy production just detracts.
  • 8 0
 Crashed yesterday.... great video to watch while I ice my body and limp around
  • 7 0
 Awesome mountain bike film starring, directed, filmed and produced by women!! Awesome stuff! (And of course props to Scott for the riding filming).
  • 6 1
 This reminds me of a conversation I had with a couple of guys who were just getting into the sport. They were both saying how they couldn't afford to get injured. I was saying they needed to resign themselves to the fact that, sooner or later, it was inevitable if they pursued riding as a pastime. They were both very resistant to this. I told them mountain biking may not be the sport for them. Shit happens in this game. If you're telling yourself it won't happen to you, you're probably deluded. Riding more conservatively may reduce the odds, but it sure doesn't completely remove the risk. In some scenarios it increases it. After a couple of pretty serious injuries I can really relate to what Miranda was saying about not being defined by them. It goes to show how rewarding riding can be, that we can smash ourselves to bits and keep coming back for more.
  • 4 0
 I agree, but I also have two guys in my office wearing knee braces for serious cartilage tears. One from church league basketball and the other snowboarding. Tons of people I know get hurt doing Crossfit. So if those dudes are worried about getting hurt you can just point out that type of stuff.
  • 2 0
 @warren1726: Yes, of course there's a level of danger in everything. It's why I try to minimise time spent in the kitchen. ;-)
In all seriousness, every rider I know who's been riding for any length of time has hurt themselves to some degree. As sports go it's at the more dangerous end of the spectrum.
  • 3 0
 A friend and shipmate (we were stationed together) had to learn how to walk again after a motorcycle wreck, losing all of his toes. He did a cross country motorcycle rally every year for the Vietnam memorial. He also rode dirt bikes, and rode bulls. High risk activity was something he enjoyed. And he paid the price many times, with a lot of injuries. You play in high risk sports, your chances go up.

He died in a car accident. He was the passenger of a car, not even driving. Driving home from a doctors appointment from yet another bull riding related injury.
  • 9 0
 This was great.
  • 8 0
 That was sweet, nice work.
  • 7 0
 This is the one thing in mountain biking that I can confidently say I am very good at.
  • 5 0
 f*cking hell I'm a total wimp compared to these amazing athletes. Great film. Thanks for getting out there and racing like you do for the benefit and entertainment of us armchair/weekend warrior types. Respect!
  • 4 0
 Beautiful film. It's such a fickle side of our sport, yet one that we can all actually relate to. Knowing these three, they are all so so committed to their trade and incredible role models for the young and old, good job team!
  • 9 2
 Well that was way better than I expected....Great vid ladies!
  • 7 4
 A great topic with good imagery and I really appreciate the more normal, personal perspective which one rarely gets with films involving male protagonists. At the same time I find such films try to be far deeper that the subject actually is. This was not an exception and it was filled with lots of overproduced segments. Just my two cents, but a short impactful statement without filler is better than a lot of soundbites, slowmo and emotional music....
  • 1 0
 I'll admit to groaning internally when the emotional music started. Overall I liked listening to their viewpoints and what the edit was addressing though.
  • 1 0
 So true !
  • 5 0
 Loved this!! Refreshing to watch these amazing athletes go a bit deeper than what you normally see in a mtb vid.. Props to the New Yorker.
  • 6 0
 Wow, that's easily one of the best vids I've seen posted on pinkbike. Really inspirational stuff! Thanks!
  • 3 2
 There is this ideology in sports about “ acceptance of injury “. If you can accept it you can go beyond your fear limitations and excel. Skateboarders know that a broken wrist / arm will come. A Hockey player will get a broken nose or jaw from a puck. Bull riders - well anything can and will get broken.- you are going to get hurt its just a matter of time and part of the game. Its not fool hardy - it builds confidence , character - and stoke . Sure it takes skills , athleticism, technique, and experience but reward and achievement is the drive. So if eating it happens- so be it - 8 seconds on that bull- or faster than last time is what matters to me.
  • 2 0
 I've had some gnarly wrecks, but when she crashes at 8:35 and is obviously knocked out and making that sound, it reminds me of all the crazy shit I saw playing club level rugby!
  • 4 0
 Mad respect for Miranda. I already thought she is really cool but this put her on another level.
  • 3 0
 That honestly may have been the best film I've ever seen here. Jesus Christ Miranda Miller is a fucking nutbar. I am now a huge fan.
  • 4 0
 Some of my favorite riders in that vid. This was all so relatable.
  • 4 0
 Yes Ladies ↗️????????
  • 4 0
 This was very enjoyable and well done. Thanks.
  • 5 0
 So good
  • 4 0
 That was really cool. Very much enjoyed
  • 4 0
 @ Miranda Miller is my f*ckin idol! I want to ride like her one day!
  • 4 0
 Fantastic film!!! Thank you so much for putting such a grin on my face.
  • 4 0
 Great Short film!
  • 3 0
 Really interesting insight into some superhumans. Awesome.
  • 3 0
 I think I cryied during this video. Also thinking about myself...????
  • 3 0
 May I suggest smoking a fatty, over acupuncture
  • 1 0
 lolz Big Grin
  • 1 0
 Definitely !
  • 2 0
 That was excellent! I'll be watching it with my kids when they get home.
  • 3 0
 Beautiful film. Bravo!
  • 3 0
 Super great mini-doc!
  • 1 0
 Very good description how it is falling. And breaking.
  • 2 0
 Great watch !
  • 2 0
 Really good!
  • 2 0
 Awesome !
  • 1 0
 A little scar tissue goes a long way. Go fast dig deep.
  • 1 0
 well done.
  • 1 3
 That’s a lot of crashing! And injuries for something that’s supposed to be fun and healthy, just saying
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